This blog is really, really not a political blog. I’m a civil rights advocate, not a partisan.
However, the President today took two steps that cross a line from “politics I may not like” into “authoritarian behavior we should not tolerate.”
First, Trump demanded, and obtained, the “resignation” of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. A.G. Sessions was a regressive who struggled to concede that heroin was more dangerous than marijuana, and no one on either side of the aisle would be sad to see him go but for the obvious reason for the firing: Sessions had recused himself from the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election instead of shutting down the investigation as Trump wanted. This crosses the line because a president must not interfere with law enforcement investigations, especially when his own staffers are the subject of those investigations (several of which have already plead, or been found, guilty of felonies). I couldn’t care less if you think the Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt:” allowing an official to stop investigations into his own people is flatly fascist regardless of whether the investigation turns out to show no misconduct. If Mr. Trump has nothing to hide, then there is no reason to obstruct this investigation.
Second, this evening Trump revoked the clearance of CNN’s White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta, resulting in the veteran reporter being unable to step foot on White House property. The justification given by the Trump administration is that he “assaulted” a woman during a press conference. Take 20 seconds to watch this alleged assault:
A White House intern attempted to take a microphone from Acosta, reaching over and grabbing at him, and Acosta’s arm grazed hers in the process. It is clear that Acosta committed no “assault,” but rather that Trump was upset at Acosta’s line of questioning and thus ordered him removed. The only assault here was Trump’s upon the press and upon the First Amendment, and for this, and for blatantly lying to the American public about what happened, Trump has also crossed a line.
Today, protests will occur across the country focused on Trump’s attempt to obstruct the Mueller investigation. You may find your local event here. Whether you vote Red, Blue, or are colorblind, ask yourself if the above is ok, and if not, step outside and let the White House know.